Pamela Anderson appeared on Megyn Kelly’s show last Thursday to discuss sexual harassment and her one unpleasant interaction with mogul Harvey Weinstein. Over the weekend, Anderson responded to complaints that she had blamed the victims, refusing to apologize for anything she had said.
The interview actually opened with Anderson saying women are too quick to blame themselves for incidents of sexual harassment. “You somehow think that you were to blame,” she said. She continued, “I learned to never put myself in those situations again.
“And when I came to Hollywood, of course, I’ve had a lot of offers to do private auditions and things that made absolutely no sense, just common sense. Don’t go into a hotel room alone…If someone answers the door in a bathrobe just leave.”
Anderson said she’d been offered cars, money, and even homes in exchange for a sexual relationship but says she always turned the offers down. She tells Kelly she had one encounter with Harvey Weinstein after being cast to play an invisible girl with an invisible dog in the film. Anderson refused to participate if there was a dog in the film because she said animals are “treated horribly” in Hollywood. She then got a call from Weinstein, cursing her out and threatening that she would “never work in this town again” if she didn’t go through with the role.
Asked if she was surprised at all the stories about Weinstein, Anderson replied, “No. I think it was common knowledge that certain producers or certain people in Hollywood are people to avoid, privately.” She added, “You know what you’re getting into if you go to a hotel room alone.” When Kelly suggested that some of the meetings were set up as business meetings by managers or agents, Anderson replied, “I just think there are easy ways to remedy that. That’s not a good excuse.”
My position is not ‘problematic’ because I[t] doesn’t fall in line with ‘the common herd’ or trend.
I’m trying to tell women as an childhood abuse survivor myself – be proactive as an adult who knows better – in defending themselves. Don’t get in cars with strangers #rideresponsibly-
Don’t go to Hotel rooms alone for an audition. Women are powerful and smart and we can use all our charms in more positive ways.
I think it’s very smart – proactive.
And I stand by what I say.
Anderson wrote another response the following day.
I did not say that women deserved being abused or that the pigs like Weinstein were not to be punished. Quite an opposite, I said myself that Weinstein is a sexist pig and a bully.
So this is not victim blaming but looking at the issue from the angle of women being aware of certain problems and how to spot them and fight them. It is totally hypocritical to ignore this. And it is not helping anyone to ignore the realities in the society we live in. The causes of the problem and solutions are complex and women who do not live in the utopian bubble must be aware of what is going on. And that is what I have highlighted.
I do NOT wish apologise for what I said.
She clearly has not mollified all of her critics. HuffPost published a story Monday morning titled, “Pamela Anderson Victim-Blamed Harvey Weinstein Accusers, Then Refused To Apologize.”
It’s a fine line Anderson is walking here. On the one hand, you never want to suggest a victim had it coming or invited an attack by someone like Harvey Weinstein. That would be absurd because obviously, no one deserves that. On the other hand, it’s not unreasonable to suggest women should be aware of predatory behavior and take some precautions to avoid it, especially when it’s an open secret. None of this is ideal but women who heard the whispers about Harvey Weinstein (or whoever) and avoided private meetings with him did the best they could in a bad situation.